1st Edition

From Terrorism to Television Dynamics of Media, State, and Society in Pakistan

Edited By Qaisar Abbas, Farooq Sulehria Copyright 2021
    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book unpacks the media dynamics within the socio-cultural, political, and economic context of Pakistan. It provides an in-depth, critical, and scholarly discussion of contemporary issues such as media, state, and democracy in Pakistan; freedom of expression in Pakistani journalism; Balochistan as a blind spot in mainstream newspapers; media control by state institutions; women and media discourses; TV talk shows and coverage of Kashmir; feminist narrative and media images of Malala Yousufzai and Mukhtaran Mai; jihad on screen; and Osama bin Laden’s death on screen, to understand the relation between media and terrorism. The book covers diverse media types including TV, radio, newspapers, print media, films, documentary, stage performance, and social media.

    Detailed, interdisciplinary, analytical, and with original perspectives from journalists as well as academics, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of media studies, Pakistan studies, politics and international affairs, military and terrorism studies, journalism and communication studies, and South Asian studies. It will also interest general readers, policy makers, and those interested in global journalism, mass media, and freedom of expression.




    Chapter 1

    Walking in Circle: Democracy, State and Freedom of Expression in Pakistan

    Qaisar Abbas and Farooq Sulehria


    Chapter 2

    Journalism in the Service of Jihad

    Faizullah Jan


    Chapter 3

    Jihad on Screen: The Role of Jihadi Drama, Film and Their Press Coverage, 1979-89 in Islamising Pakistan

    Farooq Sulehria


    Chapter 4

    The Politics of Pity and the Individual Heroine Syndrome: Mukhtaran Mai and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan

    Fawzia Afzal Khan


    Chapter 5

    TV News as Merchant of War Hysteria: Framing the Kashmir Conflict in India and Pakistan

    Qaisar Abbas


    Chapter 6

    Performing Piety and Sexuality in Pakistan

    Afiya Shehrbano Zia


    Chapter 7

    Cost of Doing their Job: The Online Harassment of Women Journalists

    Ayesha Khan


    Chapter 8

    Counterterrorism Perspective and the Pakistani TV Channels: A Case Study of Osama bin Laden’s Assassination

    Amir Hamza Marwan


    Chapter 9

    The Journey of Pakistan’s Oscar-success A Girl in the River: An Insider’s Account

    Haya Fatima Iqbal


    Chapter 10

    What Freedom? Reflections of a Working Journalist

    Farah Zia


    Chapter 11

    Covering the Periphery: Balochistan as a Blind Spot in the Mainstream Newspapers of Pakistan

    Adnan Aamir


    Chapter 12

    Interviews with I. A. Rehman, Mehdi Hassan, and Eric Rahim: Freedom of Expression and the Sham Democracy

    Qaisar Abbas and Farooq Sulehria




    Qaisar Abbas is Advisor, SMU Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA.

    Farooq Sulehria is Assistant Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.